African, Caribbean Evangelicals Challenged to Impact the 'Now' Generation

LONDON – The African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance (ACEA) is set to hold its 7th annual conference for children and youth workers this month, with plans to challenge itself as it refreshes its mission.

Taking place on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Walworth Methodist Church in London, the conference will give attendees the opportunity to consider whether or not they are equipped with the values, vision and vocabulary to impact the “now” generation in a positive way.

The program has been promoted as being packed with presentations on currents issues facing young people, seminars for success in youth work, and workshops for those wanting practical tools and tips. The aim of the schedule has been to be both challenging and thought-provoking for pastors and youth/children’s workers.

Constantia Pennie, Chair of ACEA’s Children and Youth Commission, said: “Our children and young people have ideas, potential and creativity that is often misunderstood or misdirected. We want to ensure that those working in churches, organizations and projects are better equipped to recognize the possibilities clearly, respond to the problems effectively, and realize the potential positively."

Delegates will be able to explore current issues on child safety as well as recent research on services for children and young people.

This year’s speakers and contributors include the Rev David Shosanya from the London Baptist Association, the Rev Nims Obunge from the Peace Alliance, and Cassius and Vanessa Francis from African and Caribbean Education Consultancy in the midlands. There will also be creative media and music from young people.

The Rev Katei Kirby, CEO of ACEA, said: “The objective of our conference is to equip leaders to serve children and young people effectively, and be a resource and support for the work that the majority of them do on a voluntary basis. It is also an excellent opportunity to build relationships with other agencies, for networking and for sharing good practice."

ACEA aims to provide those working in black majority churches and other community organizations with the tools and information to confidently support and guide young people and to help them make positive contributions to their community and wider society.

Those attending the conference will also have the opportunity to sign up for ACEA’s CRB disclosure service, the part-time youth work course validated by Oxford Brookes University, and take up individual membership of ACEA – the U.K.’s leading umbrella organization for black Christians in Britain.